The statewide manhunt for Sol Pais is over in Colorado ends with suspect dead from possible self-inflicted wounds, according to a law enforcement
Florida teen obsessed with committing another Columbine-style massacre killed herself in Denver forest Wednesday
Sol Pais, 18, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the Echo Lake Campground in Mt Evans, just outside Denver
Witnesses spotted the teen who flew in from Miami running naked through the woods with a gun earlier in the morning
Authorities launched frantic search for Pais after she flew from Miami to Denver on Monday and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Denver’s Columbine High School
Nearly 30 armed law enforcement officers swarmed on the area in the moments before confirming Pais was found dead
Pais had become ‘infatuated’ with the 1999 Columbine shooting massacre which left 13 dead
She hadn’t made a specific threat but said her fascination with the massacre and the gunmen and her recent actions had raised suspicions, authorities said
Website believed to belong to Pais has also since emerged, which describes her fixation with the 1999 massacre
All Denver public school were closed and more than 500,000 students were forced to stay home on Wednesday as a precaution
The 18-year-old Florida girl ‘infatuated’ with the Columbine massacre has killed herself in a Colorado forest following a massive manhunt.
Sol Pais was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the Echo Lake Campground in Mt Evans, just outside Denver, on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses told local media that Pais had been spotted running naked through the woods with a gun earlier on Wednesday.
Nearly 30 armed law enforcement officers swarmed on the area in the moments before confirming Pais was found dead.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said he didn’t believe authorities were in active pursuit at the time she was found dead.
Sol Pais was found near the Echo Lake Campground in Mt Evans [photo], just outside Denver, on Wednesday morning. The FBI confirmed there was ‘investigative activity’ around the base of Mt. Evans [photo] but only said the investigation was ‘active and ongoing’
Authorities had been frantically searching for the teen after she flew from Miami to Denver on Monday and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School that killed 13 people.
The FBI described the Miami Beach High School senior as ‘extremely dangerous’ and said she had made threats to ‘commit an act of violence’ in Denver after becoming fixated on the shooting massacre.
Half a million students were forced to stay home on Wednesday as the manhunt for Pais continued.
The FBI revealed on Tuesday that Pais had become ‘infatuated’ with the Columbine shooting.
They said she had not made a specific threat but said her fascination with the massacre and the gunmen and her recent actions had raised suspicions.
Two teenage boys who attended Columbine High School shot and killed 12 classmates on April 20, 1999 before committing suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
She was also believed to be behind a series of posts on the National Gun Forum website last month asking for advice on buying a gun in Colorado.
‘Florida resident here. I am planning a trip to Colorado in the next month or so and wanna buy a shotgun while I’m there and I was wondering what restrictions apply for me? I’ve found a few private sellers I might want to purchase from; is it legal for me as a Florida resident to purchase a shotgun in Colorado? I’m 18 years old too, if it’s important,’ she wrote.
‘The problem is i have no friends in FL who are into guns like me so it’s not as fun having to do all of this alone,’ she wrote in a follow up post.
The Denver FBI office was alerted to the potential threat early Tuesday by Miami FBI agents and they notified area schools that afternoon.
About a dozen Denver area districts called off classes for Wednesday and about a half million students were forced to stay home because authorities believe Pais could pose a threat to a school.
Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver locked their doors for nearly three hours on Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday’s complete closures were announced.
An FBI bulletin from early Tuesday said authorities lacked probable cause for a formal arrest but that law enforcement should detain Pais for a mental-health evaluation.
Officials released two photos of Pais and said she was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County on Monday dressed in a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots.